Australia v India, CB Series, Brisbane February 18, 2012

'Sloppy' Australia seek turnaround

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Match facts

February 19, Brisbane
Start time 1320 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

This tri-series has suddenly become interesting. Sri Lanka's bonus-point win over Australia in Sydney on Friday means that at the halfway stage of the tournament, only three points separate the three teams. Australia now find themselves without their regular captain and needing a victory to regain the top spot on the Commonwealth Bank Series table. Their loss to Sri Lanka was comprehensive, and the batsmen need to lift after they slipped to 8 for 104 on Friday. David Warner is yet to fire in this series and a big innings from him would be a major boost for the team, while Ricky Ponting has also been disappointing, and too much has been asked of David Hussey in the lower middle order. In the field they have been sloppy, in Ponting's own words, and they need to sharpen up in the second half of the series.

India have started to find their groove in the shorter format after a miserable Test tour. Their last match was a tie with Sri Lanka but that followed two victories and notably, the senior top-order batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are yet to impose themselves on the series. That means there is plenty of room for India to improve further. And they can take encouragement from the venue: they have won their past two one-day internationals against Australia at the Gabba. However, Australia haven't been beaten in Brisbane since that last loss to India, in March 2008.

Form guide

Australia LLWWW (Most recent first)
India TWWLW

In the spotlight

Ricky Ponting might have the captaincy back, albeit temporarily, but what he really needs is runs. So far in this series Ponting has made 2, 1, 6 and 2, and the slump is all the more baffling considering his excellent form in the Test series against India. It is the third time in his career he has had four consecutive single-figure scores in ODIs. None of those lean trots have stretched out to five innings - yet.

Gautam Gambhir has scored a 92 and a 91 so far in this series but is yet to turn one of those into a hundred. It is now 14 months since Gambhir has scored a century in any format for India, but they would be more than happy with another 90 against Australia.

Team news

Michael Clarke has been ruled out of this match, meaning Ponting will lead the side again, and Mitchell Marsh is also out of action due to a back injury. Australia's Twenty20 captain George Bailey has joined the group to help cover for the loss of Clarke, but an ODI debut for him appears unlikely unless another injury is sustained. The Victoria left-arm spinner Jon Holland remains in the squad, although Xavier Doherty should retain his spot. Ben Hilfenhaus is the one member of the fast-bowling group who is yet to play a match in the series and a couple of lean matches from Mitchell Starc could encourage the selectors to bring in Hilfenhaus for him.

Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Peter Forrest, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 David Hussey, 7 Daniel Christian, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Clint McKay, 10 Mitchell Starc/Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Virender Sehwag missed India's previous game due to back spasms and is unlikely to be risked again in this match. There might also be a place once again for Zaheer Khan, who had a calf problem, perhaps at the expense of Umesh Yadav, while Praveen Kumar might replace Irfan Pathan.

India (possible) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Praveen Kumar.

Pitch and conditions

The Gabba hosted a Ryobi Cup match a week ago and Queensland nearly chased down 285. There are runs at the venue, but also some assistance for the fast bowlers. The forecast is for fine weather and a top of 31C.

Stats and trivia

  • India have won their past three completed ODIs at the Gabba - two against Australia and one against Zimbabwe
  • Michael Hussey needs 57 runs to reach 5000 in one-day internationals

Quotes

"A lot of the things we've done [in the field] have looked sloppy. Usually a sign of a team is how well they're going in the field and if you look at the way we've fielded in the last couple of games, it's been a long way off the mark."
Ricky Ponting

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dhutugemunu on February 19, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Okay. Here is the chance to MSD. Show the world you can win matches without any support from the top order. In dreams man... In dreams. He is just playing for his popularity. When the top order batters reduced the required runs, he bats slowly. As a result India in trouble coz they need more than two runs a ball in last few overs. He hits a 6 or 4 at the last moment and wins the match for India. Everybody praises MSD. He is the Savior then. Ultimately he wins the Man of the Match award too. As Gambhir said they could have win Aussie game in 47th over. Not only that but also they could have win SL game. MSD's last minute approach is not good for everyday. Here you have a big target and lost 4 top order batters for 36. Can you?

  • on February 19, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    SRT is a good player , just like everyone else. He amassed these runs since e mostly played in batting friendly conditions & BCCI are afraid of sending him ome as they did with other players. He is not the God of crickett. Why the god is suffering to get 1 century past 25 innings, may be e lost his power is seam friendly conditions. i think its time for him to give way for youngsters instead of resting for 4 matches, playing 1 match. I salute you, Sachin for your greatness, but even the Greats should retire.

  • Noboundary on February 19, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    The problem with Indian fans is they start hero worshipping cricketers especially batsmen much like the film fans of Kollywood. For any sports including cricket a players merit is always based on current form not past greatness. If Indian cricket fanatics has their way Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and many more would still be playing and a young Tendulkar would never have got a chance till he reached 30! Records are meant to be broken and there is a budding Tendulkar or even greater talent waiting somewhere. Let us recognize them and give them a chance and let the much older past-prime great players retire gracefully.

  • on February 19, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Why no one talks about 'A has not scored 110 in the past 43 innings' kind of things. The difference between 110 and 100 is the exact same as between 100 and 90 isn't it? Will Cricinfo and all other media stop hyping a meaningless number as 100 as if it is an achievement pay respect to good scores - whether it is 87 or 76 or 94? GG scored 3 key 90+ scores incl the one in WC final. That is good and enough. Pl stop talking inanely about x number innings since last 100 or y number of years since last 50.

  • on February 19, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Jadeja's batting techniques are OK, but doesn't seem to have enough strength to clear the boundary -- hence the lack of sixes, as he normally and easily gets in India. His bowling also seem to have lost the bite. A a combined effect, he seems to have lost a little bit of confidence.Unfortunately, he is more of a "confidence' player.

  • on February 19, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Is one Mitchell going the other Mitchell's way?

  • on February 19, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    I don't understand, why Tendulkar was asked to guard the boundary, especially since there were enough younger legs in the team to do that job. Moreover, he is a better fielder in the slips and in the inner ring. Is someone trying to "expose" the negative effects of his age? Not fair. Throughout the tour, he had been batting well, without luck. Like KP's luck turned for the good yesterday in Sharjah, hope Tendulakar will also get a kiss from lady luck, and not a kick. ( Most of us guys are used to getting both kicks and kisses from ladies. So, Lady Luck can't be different)

  • Natraja on February 19, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Tendulkar is not carrying Indian flag. He is carrying tendulkar flag and playing for his records. He should have retired after the world cup but he wants his 100 100. Whether India win or lose he is concerned with his 100. BCCI should schedule a match with Bangladesh to let him make one and leave team India for good.

  • CaptainKool on February 19, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Again to ignore Irfan is not understandable. Well happy to see that Praveen is in the team but I think Irfan should be given chance ahead of that Jadeja, which is useless cricketer and if not him then Vinay should be rested but you cannot give a guy rest after just one match and which was vital than what Jadeja has done during last few matches. And I think Manoj should be given chance in place of Raina.

  • realist1 on February 19, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Yeah Keep Sehwag in the Shade! He is utterly useless in Fast and bouncy pitches. Sehwag is the Ultimate Flat Track Bully. An Ordinary batsman outside Indian Subcontinent.

  • Dhutugemunu on February 19, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Okay. Here is the chance to MSD. Show the world you can win matches without any support from the top order. In dreams man... In dreams. He is just playing for his popularity. When the top order batters reduced the required runs, he bats slowly. As a result India in trouble coz they need more than two runs a ball in last few overs. He hits a 6 or 4 at the last moment and wins the match for India. Everybody praises MSD. He is the Savior then. Ultimately he wins the Man of the Match award too. As Gambhir said they could have win Aussie game in 47th over. Not only that but also they could have win SL game. MSD's last minute approach is not good for everyday. Here you have a big target and lost 4 top order batters for 36. Can you?

  • on February 19, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    SRT is a good player , just like everyone else. He amassed these runs since e mostly played in batting friendly conditions & BCCI are afraid of sending him ome as they did with other players. He is not the God of crickett. Why the god is suffering to get 1 century past 25 innings, may be e lost his power is seam friendly conditions. i think its time for him to give way for youngsters instead of resting for 4 matches, playing 1 match. I salute you, Sachin for your greatness, but even the Greats should retire.

  • Noboundary on February 19, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    The problem with Indian fans is they start hero worshipping cricketers especially batsmen much like the film fans of Kollywood. For any sports including cricket a players merit is always based on current form not past greatness. If Indian cricket fanatics has their way Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and many more would still be playing and a young Tendulkar would never have got a chance till he reached 30! Records are meant to be broken and there is a budding Tendulkar or even greater talent waiting somewhere. Let us recognize them and give them a chance and let the much older past-prime great players retire gracefully.

  • on February 19, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Why no one talks about 'A has not scored 110 in the past 43 innings' kind of things. The difference between 110 and 100 is the exact same as between 100 and 90 isn't it? Will Cricinfo and all other media stop hyping a meaningless number as 100 as if it is an achievement pay respect to good scores - whether it is 87 or 76 or 94? GG scored 3 key 90+ scores incl the one in WC final. That is good and enough. Pl stop talking inanely about x number innings since last 100 or y number of years since last 50.

  • on February 19, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Jadeja's batting techniques are OK, but doesn't seem to have enough strength to clear the boundary -- hence the lack of sixes, as he normally and easily gets in India. His bowling also seem to have lost the bite. A a combined effect, he seems to have lost a little bit of confidence.Unfortunately, he is more of a "confidence' player.

  • on February 19, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Is one Mitchell going the other Mitchell's way?

  • on February 19, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    I don't understand, why Tendulkar was asked to guard the boundary, especially since there were enough younger legs in the team to do that job. Moreover, he is a better fielder in the slips and in the inner ring. Is someone trying to "expose" the negative effects of his age? Not fair. Throughout the tour, he had been batting well, without luck. Like KP's luck turned for the good yesterday in Sharjah, hope Tendulakar will also get a kiss from lady luck, and not a kick. ( Most of us guys are used to getting both kicks and kisses from ladies. So, Lady Luck can't be different)

  • Natraja on February 19, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Tendulkar is not carrying Indian flag. He is carrying tendulkar flag and playing for his records. He should have retired after the world cup but he wants his 100 100. Whether India win or lose he is concerned with his 100. BCCI should schedule a match with Bangladesh to let him make one and leave team India for good.

  • CaptainKool on February 19, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Again to ignore Irfan is not understandable. Well happy to see that Praveen is in the team but I think Irfan should be given chance ahead of that Jadeja, which is useless cricketer and if not him then Vinay should be rested but you cannot give a guy rest after just one match and which was vital than what Jadeja has done during last few matches. And I think Manoj should be given chance in place of Raina.

  • realist1 on February 19, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Yeah Keep Sehwag in the Shade! He is utterly useless in Fast and bouncy pitches. Sehwag is the Ultimate Flat Track Bully. An Ordinary batsman outside Indian Subcontinent.

  • lokphy on February 19, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    i think all anti-tendulkar's are scared of him as he is the one who has or will set the standards, no one can beat. He is the one carrying Indian flag high since over 20yrs. I remember people suggesting his retirement previously mentioning he was no more attacking. Despite that he came back strongly with new shots and scoring at same pace and consistently. Even set the world record of 200 in odi. There is always a bad patch in everyone's life. Even if we are not always 100% winner. And I don't think he is doing bad. If we check his recent innings and highlights, he is very fluent and looked technically correct compared to most of the young guys. It is matter of time he will convert those starts to big score... all the best Sachin and do it again for India today.. we are with you ..

  • Ameega on February 19, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    SRT and Punter are in trouble. Both of them need to score heavily to be in the business. And I guess one will do it today, and eventually his team will win!

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 18, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    10dulkar is a liability in the field, and with the bat. DROP 10DULKAR NOW> he won't retire on his own. As Imran Khan said - 10dulkar should have retired after World Cup 2011 on a high.

  • sidharth1979 on February 18, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    If australian selectors can select Brad Hogg ( 40 ) for a 20/20 international. Then 5there is no question of resting sachin tendulkar. Think about now and this year, why worry too much about the worldcup which is another 3 years away? Hardly there are any seniors left in the team after dravid was sent home. Then why talk about sachin, when he is getting valuable runs for the team? Hats off to Aus selectors who gave chance to Brad Hogg to perform at the age of 40. Player form matters, not the age.

  • Rushikey on February 18, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    All SRT critics who want to ban him, Please watch highlights of all previous matches of this CBS and Tell me who are the inform players in this team. In my they are Kohli, Gambhir and Sachin. Even though, Dhoni was a finisher (at no. 6), he is not heating balls so fluently as these 3 are doing. In-fact Dhoni and other middle order is getting more time to settle, due to good batting show of these three batsman. If Dhoni really wants to win the WC, then try to pic no.1 spot in ODI, instead of giving chances to all youngster at the stake of inform seniors.

  • sidharth1979 on February 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    sachin will score today and india will win. Rotation policy is good. Even the middle order players like raina,rohit,jadeja should be included in the rotation policy giving chance to manoj Tiwary. one of the above three should be rested to give a way to tiwary.

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    my team ind v aus sachin gamber kohli tiwary raina or rohit dhoni jedeja irfan ashwin zak vinay thi is the best 11 tiwary must give chance rohit & raina already play 4 mach non of them make a 50 not scoring run team manegement have to give chance someone tiwary the best of....dont stik with raina & rohit everry came we have 16player over ther rotation only ope.....why not med...plz bring tiwary & play irfan also next 2 3 mach give them chance he not clic change ..... plz tray

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    For bringing new young talented players in Indian Cricket Team Dhoni should stick to the rotation policy as have been discussing from the beginning of the series & players who are in good form have to stick there positions.Still surprising to hear that even after four matches in the series Manoj, scoring a century in the West Indies tour is still not selected.Sachin should be rested for tomorrow's match. Raina, Vinay , Praveen and Zahir should also be rotated.Let's wait for the final players tomorrow.

  • Ra_Thore on February 18, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    This contest is more like now Rock, Paper, and Scissor. Every game is crucial.

  • Natraja on February 18, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary should be included inplace of Rohit Sharma to give him a chance to prove. Rohit has got 70+ chances. Its time selectors should include Manoj and see if he can justify his selection.

  • Ra_Thore on February 18, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Please retire the following seniors: Sachin 10dulkar Rahul Draivd Ricky Ponting VVS Laxman

  • Ra_Thore on February 18, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    10dulkar must retire and give up extending his own records. He's got no competitive what so ever. Don Bradman retired with 99 avg in test cricket and should 10dulkar with 99 centuries.

  • Ra_Thore on February 18, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    India will lose today by narrow margin.

  • on February 18, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    What wrong did Manoj Tiwary do ??? Why is he being ignored for so so long ?

  • on February 18, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Can someone pls tell why is Manoj Tiwary being overlooked... For God sake this guy scored a century in his last ODI ( only one chance he was given against WestIndies) .... how long will this continue with players from Bengal ??

  • supadupamonk on February 18, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    hey cric info why are my comments not published......i have commented two or three times for the last couple of days....jus look into this

  • Navraj1967 on February 18, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    In my view Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma both should be playing? because both have capability to bounce back anytime. We should replace Ashwin for Irfan Pathan? And ZAK should be given more rest by bringing back Praveen Kumar. As ZAK is playing in all the format so far? However good to see MS Dhoni is playing good cricket.

  • Natraja on February 18, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    I think Sachin and viru both should be rested for entire CBS. a new face should start opening with Gautam and Dhoni should come at number 3 to play entire inning. Younger players should play freely while Dhoni at other end consolidates. At the end Dhoni should explode and plunder lot of runs. India will win all the matches this way.

  • vijay.krishan on February 18, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    team: sachin,sehwag,kohli,rohit,raina,dhoni,ashwin,pathan,zak,vinay,umesh

  • lalli76 on February 18, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    What is the reason that irfan pathan should be dropped.What he has done wrong?? So far he got one chance and he has proved that he is in form and fully fit! Play Zaheer Pathan ashwin vinay. We will win . Don't ruin his carrier like this . He is very good allrounder.

  • on February 18, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    as per rotation it it i Sachin ot play otmorrow. He cnat be rested for more than towo games. And tere is no need to think of shewag as he is not proving nay useful in this series from the first inning he played. Sachin and Kohli are th only players who coold play aus bowlers fearlessly in the test series.Gambhir soe how manage ot pla now, he had no clue how to lift bat against rising dleiveries..if pontng can fail with single digts in consecutive 4 innings whi cant Sachin fial..He needs to hit 50 or 100 every mah to satisy crazy pple..I am sure if he ha dplayed like ponting last 2yrs he wud have already retire dnow..pls dont alk abt him uless we have any body who can fi tin his shoes

  • AvidCricFan on February 18, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    India's performance had hinged on performance of Gambhir and Dhoni in batting and Vinay Kumar's bowling. Ashwin has only been good against SL. Apart from these three, all can be rotated to pick the right combination or give chance to bench without impacting overall team performance. All other batsmen and bowlers have not cemented their position.

  • VinodGupte on February 18, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    betting on SRT to score a hundred at a fantastic strike rate. watch.

  • AvidCricFan on February 18, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Ashwin has dismal performance against Aussies through this tour. He should be rested and Pathan should be persisted. Praveen Kumar also has been ineffective so far in Australia. He does not get as much swing as England and with his pace, he will not trouble Aussie batsmen. Yadav should be persisted based in his performance in the last two games. One of the two Raina/Rohit Sharma needs to be rotated in this game. They have not done much so far either.

  • sidharth1979 on February 18, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar should be allowed to play as long as he wants to play. He is in better form than any of the youngsters in the present indian team. Why people are behind sachins century. He is not bothered about centuries. As long as he is getting runs, no fingers should be raised. Senior players are important to any Team. Why Ricky ponting is playing for Aus. He is not much younger than sachin. He makes the 100th century or he doesnt, it has nothing to do with his place in the team. He deserves to be in the team. The selectors know that very well , thats why he is in the team..If Really MR. wish india improve really wants indian team to be improved , pls stop talking about sachins place.

  • on February 18, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    In my point of view the playing eleven would be gautam, sachin, virat, rohit, manoj, dhoni, pathan, ashwin, vinay, umesh,rahul

  • on February 18, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    why dont we give rest to raina, rohit sharma and give that place to parthiv are some on else... in my view gautam shud open the indian innings with goutham and sachin has to follow for india.. is india no need to have a reserve keeper why dont we have reserve keeper if something happen to dhoni what be the situation

  • WishIndiaImprove on February 18, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    STR should be rested for all CBS games. He can be part of Asia cup and get the hundred against Bang. SRT is happy.. All of us happy abt his 100th 100.. Then he and Dravid should retire after the next home series with fulll respect. Focus on young team respect the senior in home series and send them with full respect.

  • on February 18, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Title needs change. "SLOPPY INDIAN VETERANS NEED WAKE-UP CALLS" should have been the right title. Is there going to be a competition between these two teams to reach a greater level of mediocrity -- especially from the stars of the past,and premature inductees, from both sides?

  • Nampally on February 18, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    The list of probables is irrational. Why should 3 guys around 130 KPH be in the XI? Replace Praveen with Yadev. Rest ZAK to help his calf problem & keep Irfan in. Replace Jadeja with Rahul Sharma, who will be the most effective being a wrist spinner, on a spin friendly pitch. So the 5 bowlers Yadev, Vinay, Irfan, Rahul & Ashwin are all different in their bowling style. Jadeja was hammered for 44 runs in 2.4 overs against the Aussies in the first ODI. He bowled @6 runs/over against SL - no wkts in both the games. In batting he scored 12 & 3. He cannot claim his spot on fielding alone. In batting Tiwary is preferred to Raina or Rohit, both under performers. This type of rotation makes the players realize " Produce or be dropped"!.By guaranteeing a spot for out of form players, India lost the Test series. They should not repeat the same mistake.Raise the intensity level of all. This game against the Aussies is crucial to keep India in the lead. SL showed Aussies can be beaten easily!

  • on February 18, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    It is going to be a close race, from this point. Any one of the three could be out of the final. There is also a chance of NRR coming into play to sort out the one to be eliminated. Indians' lack of intent to bat a few more overs before surrender in the match and Dhoni's penchant to drag the wins to the last over -- both can hurt Indians, if NRR comes into play to find the team to be eliminated. AS an Indian fan, I hope that is not the case. Wins may not be enough for India, convincing ones are needed.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on February 18, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    surprice to see the line up.. again there is not IPatan... is dhoni, srikant and company afraid if they give him chance he will cement his place and hence they cannot field lots chenni playerys.. any one who knows present indian cricket will laugh at the lineup mentioned above... WILL BE SAD TO INDIAN CRICKET AND TO ALL CRICKET LOVERS NOT TO SEE IPATAN TOM .... LETS SEE UNTIL FINAL 11 IS LISTED...

  • on February 18, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    dhoni shud some how bring rahul sharma into the squad!! and use his good form!! or else he will be wasted like piyush chawla and mishra!!!!

  • on February 18, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    my best team is (1)sachin,(2)viru,(3)gambir,(4)kohli,(5)partiv,(6)raina,(7)ms.dhoni,(8)ashwin,(9)zak,(10)praveen,(11)irfanpathan

  • mdshahid on February 18, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    The best and Perfect playing XI would be 1)Gautam Gambhir, 2)Sachin Tendulkar, 3)Virat Kohli, 4)Rohit Sharma, 5)Manoj Tiwary, 6)MS Dhoni, 7)Irfan Pathan, 8)Rahul Sharma, 9)Zaheer Khan, 10)Vinay Kumar, 11)Parveen Kumar..Please Dhoni play this playing XI in tomorrows game and see the result.

  • KENNETH2007 on February 18, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I would have had Patan instead of Raina ..it would a bonus for our bowling and batting.... why Dhoni is ignoring him..is questionable...? Sehwag should take a vacation untill this tour is finished ....he can play with the banglas which would fetch him another 200 .... Manoj should be in for Rohit who is being given too much chance to which he has responded too weakly.... rest all is ok

  • on February 18, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    1.Sachin 2.Gambhir 3.Virat 4.Manoj 5.Rohit 6.Dhoni 7.Jadeja 8.Irfan/Ashwin 9.Zaheer 10.Vinay 11.Umesh

    Sachin because no Sehwag. Manoj because everyone should get chance(So called Rotation Policy) and he has not done bad in his last series either. Irfan/Ashwin whatever the pith demands.

  • RightArmLightningFast on February 18, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    if Pathan and tiwary dont play today .. iam officially done with this team India... if the rotation policy is all about giving a decent run to the young guns .. how come only a few players get to benefit from it ??

  • on February 18, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    no need of raina what kind of finsher he is who cant finish of matches get tiwari in and i think though i will play 4 quicks at this pitch nothing agaisnt jadeja but i think it will be a better move with pathan at 7 my playing 11-gauti,srt,virat,tiwari,rohit,dhoni,pathan,ashwin,pk,zak,vk

  • on February 18, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Sachin, Sehwag, Gauti, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Pathan, Rahul Sharma, Zaheer, Umesh !!!!! dis is my best bet for todayz game against aussies.....

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 18, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    No SRT please. He is doing nothing but preventing a youngster from playing. He is also a lousy fielder...easily leaks 20-30 runs due to his abysmal fielding.

  • narvan on February 18, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    1.gambhir 2.sachin 3.manoj 4.rohit 5.dhoni 6.raina 7.pathan 8.ashwin 9.zak 10.vinay 11.umesh. india will win & sachin scores 100th hundred.

  • Fast_Track_Bullies on February 18, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @Kays789 : as long as theres a bit of turn in the gabba pitch and the ball bounces before the knee regularly, it should be a comfortable win for theIndians .... OZ fast track bullies

  • CandidIndian on February 18, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Well in 2004 and 2008 India has beaten Aus in CB series at Gabba,so its not that they are certain to lose here as some anti Indian fans are claiming.However looking at recent struggle of Indian batsman against pace and bounce Aus have the advantage for sure,but without Clarke Aus batting too is struggling ,so to right off India before the match is not correct.

  • CandidIndian on February 18, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Well in 2004 and 2008 India has beaten Aus in CB series at Gabba,so its not that they are certain to lose here as some anti Indian fans are claiming.However looking at recent struggle of Indian batsman against pace and bounce Aus have the advantage for sure,but without Clarke Aus batting too is struggling ,so to right off India before the match is not correct.

  • CandidIndian on February 18, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Well in 2004 and 2008 India has beaten Aus in CB series at Gabba,so its not that they are certain to lose here as some anti Indian fans are claiming.However looking at recent struggle of Indian batsman against pace and bounce Aus have the advantage for sure,but without Clarke Aus batting too is struggling ,so to right off India before the match is not correct.

  • Kays789 on February 18, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    as long as theres a bit of life in the gabba pitch and the ball bounces above the knee regularly, it should be a comfortable win for the aussies.

  • street_smart on February 18, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Tiwary should be in at No.4

  • on February 18, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    1 Sehwag,2 Sachin Tendulkar,3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav

  • Vikum72 on February 18, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    I think India will win this game. Australia doesn't look good at all. What a turn around. I'm a Sri Lankan fan by the way.

  • wake_up_india on February 18, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Tendulkar and the Indian team managment need to remember that Tendulkar's model, Bradman, did not hang around to make his average run rate 100. Go when you have passed the peak. It is very questionable if Tedulkar would have been allowed such a long tenure in an any team except India.

  • on February 18, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    This would be my 11 against Australia,

    1 Sehwag,2 Sachin Tendulkar,3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav

  • amitksingh on February 18, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Rohit just plays good aginst week teams like Zimbabwe, WI and all. He has got enough chances till now. RAINA too plays gud shots but only in t20 and against mediocre bowling attacks in IPL TEAMS(comprising below standard so called uncapped Indian bowlers). Manoj Tiwari has scored only a single century that too against a bowling attack and depleted side Of WI. Indian team is really not getting good players in batting those can cement their place and show a sense of security to Sachin . THERE IS ONLY TWO BATSMAN Gauty and Dhoni are in team that are at-least close to class like Sachin , Dravid, n Ganguly . Sehwag is a moody player , He plays like telenders no one knows how much he is going to score n when he will get out. I think Sehwag could be a little serious on his batting n that will be really a good thing for India( Lack of Quality batsman ). Selectors must now give chance to plays like Pujara, Rahane,Badri,Pandey,Valthati . Raina, Rohit n all have already got more than they deserv

  • spinkingKK on February 18, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Brydon coverdale's preview seems to resemble the thoughts of MS.Dhoni. Goutham Gambhir hasn't scored a century for long time. How will he? He was given LBW to a ball pitching outside against the Austrlaians and Mr.Captain made him run out in the match against the Sri Lankans. Irfan Pathan should be replaced by Praveen Kumar?? Where is that coming from? Definitely what Dhoni would do, I agree. Pathan bowled well to take 2 wickets against the Lankans and hit a six and was ready to do more damage with the bat when Mr.Captain surely made him run out by running to the striker's end when there was an eternity for him to run back. If any reasons why Pathan should be dropped, it should be because Zaheer is coming back. But, then there is Jadeja's spot which can go to Pathan. Umesh Yadav is the best Indian bowler and how can they think of dropping him? My 11 is: Kohli, Gambhir, Raina, Sharma, Tiwary,Dhoni, Pathan,Ashwin,Zaheer,Yadav, Vinay.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 18, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    SOMETHINGN TELLS ME THAT KOHLI WILL MAKE A CENTURY TOMMOROW .

  • on February 18, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Everything is acceptable/manageable,except R Jadeja's inclusion in the team.Its quite frustrating & surprising to see him play in the team.He is an absolute liability to the good going Indian team.Assets like Rahul Sharma/Irfan Pathan/Manoj Tiwary should play in place of him.

  • yasaswy1994 on February 18, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    why is sehwag not playing half the tour

  • jedoralive on February 18, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    The captaincy from Ponting against Sri Lanka was really strange. With a low total on the board surely wickets were the key? Attacking fields and pressure were needed. Even the half-witted Ch 9 commentators thought so! The match against India will be a real test for the ailing Australian side.

  • on February 18, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Rahul Sharma should replace Ashwin( Ashwin proved useless against Aussies.) Irfan should retain his place as he bowled well and hit useful six in the chase. Zaheer should be back with Vinay Kumar retaining his place. Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Raina, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, rahul Sharma, Zaheer Khan, VInay Kumar is my playing 11

  • on February 18, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    It seems the teams which have the short turn around (2days) are often losing in this series to the teams that have the longer break or it seems to be happening at least the majority of the time. And Beorge Bailey? Where's Callum Ferguson? Much better one-day player. Selectors should stop selecting they players they think will perform in tests, and and start selecting players in one day form instead, that's what the ss is for.

  • Ian_Mac on February 18, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    WHY DO I HAVE TO GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE AND THEN SCROLL UP TO READ COMMENTS CHRONOLOGICALLY ?????? VERY IRRITATING !!!!!

  • Herath-UK on February 18, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Jayasuriya's shadow seems to loom over Sachin and though these players were marvellous in their hey day nobody can deny the ageing factor.Sachin deserves his century of century and quicker he gets it sooner can get a definite plan for the future indian team. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • on February 18, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    No one can say anything about dhoni he play d innings when needed and not flopping like sachin tendulkar... Sachin failing miserabbly .... Probably i hope this is his last series.... Jadeja must be dropped and manoj tiwary shoud come in at 7... raina and rohit as 5th bowling options.. A break for vinay and bring back pk... Zaheer should come instead of umesh yadav....

  • sampu_sheikh on February 18, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I will be at the Gabba tomorrow so I have some wishes/recommendations for the Indian Team. I have lived here for 11 years now and Gabba has always been a pace bowlers dream. As an Indian, I know spin has always been our strength. But playing Jadeja tomorrow is absolutely useless. Irfan should keep his spot as the 4th seamer with Praveen, Zaheer and Vinay Kumar completing the pace attack. Praveen should keep is place as he performed well at the Gabba 4 years ago (I was there). Vinay Kumar is in good formm and Zaheer is the spearhead. Ashwin is tall and can extract bounce. In the batting department, Gambhir should not be rested. 4 years ago, he scored a century at the Gabba against Sri Lanka. One of Rohit or Raina could be rested and Manoj can be brought in the team. I have been to Indian matches 5 times at the Gabba and they have never lost. Hopefully, this trend will continue tomorrow. GO INDIA!!

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Sachin, Gauti, Virat, Rohit, Tiwary, Dhoni, Ashwin/Jadeja, Pathan, Vinay, Yadav and Zaheer. Play just 1 spinner. We have Tiwary, Rohit and Virat as part timers. Rohit has shots in his kitty, but luck is eluding him. Play him instead of Raina. Whole world knows, Raina cannot play short balls, even Afghanistan would find it easy to dismiss Raina in aussie condition

  • on February 18, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    India should play Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir like they used to play in the World Cup and drop Jadeja out of the team.......

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    My 11

    Gauthi, Sachin, Kholi, Rohit, Raina, Tiwari, MSD, Irfan, Ashwin, Zak, Umesh

  • ZIMMYZIMMY on February 18, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    IRFAN SHOULD RETAIN IN THE SQUAD.........

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Dear Cricinfo ...

    U r not Sikka or MSD to Avoid Irfan.. Only those two Greats will avoid Irfan..

  • dariuscorny on February 18, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    drop jadeja.his bowling is nt suitable and also his style of batting does not qualify to the conditions here

  • on February 18, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Totally agree with yashpal Sharma. respected selectors ..best squad for australia one day series is ,sachin ,sehwag,gambir,virat,rohit/raina, dhoni,irfan,ashwin,vinay,zaheer,umesh..if we keep jadeja as a allrounder instead irfan its a joke ifran is much better allrounder both in batting or bowling..in case of rohit and raina ..technically rohit is very sound raina always has problems with short pitch delivery..give rohit bating chance to b more mature to place his innings..if irfan is unfit still you can choose pveen kumar other swing bowler and no doubt also a hard hiter handy bat..as he plays at some top oder for his region in domestic cricket..use his abilities....plz dhoni dont show ur love for ur IPL team mates they r good but this is not only ur team this is indian team..our team..thanks

  • M.M.A.Shah on February 18, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Well said Sachin modi.Yes Irfan has proved himself in the last match that he is still a valuable property for indian cricket.Ofcourse how we can forget his bowling/batting performance of the last match.His six has nodoubt brought the game in india favour if not it could have been 1 ball ten runs for india to win.The wicket he took was one of dangerous batsman of SL.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Manoj Tiwary deserves to be there in the playing 11. India is almost certain to qualify for the finals so why not give him a chance instead of warming the bench.He is a talented player and will prove his worth if given an opportunity for longer run...

  • madans on February 18, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    here we love to share our own view regarding tomorrow match it is dhoni time to rotate top order intresting , likely rotate middle order bats man. i wish the following eleven will play with australia. 1)sachin 2) parthiv (wk) 3)gambhir 4) kohli 5) dhoni 6) tiwary 7) irfan 8) jadeja 9)zaheer 10)yadav 11)praveen/vinay.

    No place for rohit and raina , dhoni should play as a batsman and parthiv as a keeper. so the best eleven can be considered for the finals

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    palying 11 for me is .. M S Dhoini, Sachin, IRFAN Pathan, kohli,Raina,Gambhir, Ashwin,Zaheer,Vinay/umesh,Rohit,Rahul..

  • VJGS on February 18, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Plz give Tiwari a chance. He has warmed the benches long enough. Drop Tendulkar/Gambhir and bring in Tiwari.

  • jiten27 on February 18, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    if zaheer play this game , india will definately loose this game, garrentee.irfan is very good compare to zaheer. please add rahul sharma, he is better than ashwin, parthive should get chance instead of sachin, aswin, zaheer and sachin should be out of the this match, sachin is better but not with aussie.

  • MandarSathe on February 18, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Pathan is not in Dhoni's good books hence he falls in line for 'rotation policy'...n hence PK will be back replacing Irfan.... Tiwary may be rotated for Rohit but Jadeja, Raina n Dhoni himself will no be 'rotated'..as Dhoni is planning to come back in 2015 with his CSK team n not truly a Team India....

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    No reason to drop Irfan as he's in full swing...Jadeja deserves a break to give way for Rahul /Manoj ...Manoj should definitely get a chip in ...in the top order ...

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    rohit is useless !! soo many chances but never delivers !! ppl say he is promising but his gave has never evolved still getting out to rash shots how many more matches he needs to get maturity ?? i think life long !! whts the use of a talent which never delivers ?? his lazyness is affecting indian team very badly

    atleast raina may not have as many shots as rohit but raina has the determination and hunger to play for country which is completely absent in rohit a complete useless talent .

    even jadeja cant hit bigg but he has hunger for runs which is absent in rohit

    we need performers to win the match not a gud team on paper it shd deliver !!

    raina's offspin is wayy wayy economical and he is a great booster to fielding side and he cheers up the team soo well

    time to drop rohit and test manoj tiwary .he is been rested too long giv him a chance who knows he might get a gud innings

    and any dayy manoj tiwary is one of the best fielders almost equal to raina and kohli

  • neerajprasher on February 18, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    why all of you guys considering RAINA ,give him a rest he doesnt deserve ODI team should replace with tiwary or pathan both are allrounders

  • rahulcricket007 on February 18, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    BRISBANE IS USUALLY A FAST PITCH . THERE IS NO NEED FOR INCLUDING JADEJA IN SQUAD . PLAY WITH 4 SEAMERS ZAHEER , VINAY , PATHAN , YADAV . MY SQUAD WILL BE : GAUTI , SACHIN , KOHLI , ROHIT , RAINA , DHANNO , PATHAN , ASHWIN , ZAHEER , VINAY , YADAV . IF NEEDED RAINA & ROHIT CAN DO PART TIME SPIN BOWLING WHICH IS DONE BY JADEJA IN ALL GAMES. ACTUALLY JADEJA IS ALSO A PART TIME SPINNER .

  • cricindian123 on February 18, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Dream Line Up for series: Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin,Kohli,Raina, Dhoni, Pathan,Jadeja,Ashwin,Vinay, Zaheer

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    today i am prophecycing about the sachin tendulkar. i am 100 % confident tomorrow sachin will hit century. pleas note my word.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    waht a rediculous decision to keep in the bench irfan pathan and giving another guy chances. please give chances more for the irfan pathan. and manoj tiwary also. i could not under stand y dhoni taking thise type of decision. i think may be irfan pathan personnel adversary for dhoni. thise is why not giving chance for irfan pathan.

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    My respected selectors ..best squad for australia one day series is ,sachin ,sehwag,gambir,virat,rohit/raina, dhoni,irfan,ashwin,vinay,zaheer,umesh..if we keep jadeja as a allrounder instead irfan its a joke ifran is much better allrounder both in batting or balling..in case of rohit and raina ..technically rohit is very sound raina always has problems with short pitch delivery..give rohit bating chance to b more mature to place his innings..if irfan is unfit still you can choose pveen kumar other swing bowler and no doubt also a hard hiter handy bat..as he plays at some top oder for his region in domestic cricket..use his abilities....plz dhoni dont show ur love for ur IPL team mates they r good but this is not only ur team this is indian team..our team..thnks

  • rahulcricket007 on February 18, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    don't understand why pathan is dropped from team , he was sucessfull in picking wkts , tighting runs & most importantly he is able to make runs in death overs by hitting big sixes

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    this match will decide who deserves to be in top of the table in CB series

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    lee vs tendulkar!! we are in for a great show tomorrow! luking forward to it..

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    please give the chances for irfan pathan and tiwary.

  • sheenu on February 18, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Dear Indian think-tank, PLEASE tell MS Dhoni that it is a 48-over match, so that he can hit the winning run in the 48th over, not leave it for 50th over!! He seems to be obsessed with LAST OVER heroics!!

  • on February 18, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    don't come to conclusions regarding finals,because still more matches to go and the way sri lanka plays that dream make more harder and harder,be realistic.some one said that sri lanka bowling is attack tooth less,but yesterday lankens proved how sharp their tooth.

  • on February 18, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Given Sehwav unfit, my first choice lineup for tom in batting order - Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Pathan, Dhoni, Jadeja, Praveen, Zaheer, Umesh.

  • cameron.pirot on February 18, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Actually my previous comment refers to the Aus v SL match.

  • cameron.pirot on February 18, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    This match highlighted to me how much better a captain Clarke is than Ponting. This is not due to the result but rather that Ponting seemed to let the match drift (deep fields, letting bowlers have another over after being hit etc) where Clarke is constantly proactive.

  • on February 18, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @ Mukesh Bhakta..You can't blame raina only Rohit to be blame,rohit can bat against west indies week bowling attack only,he done nothing against other teams,you can see next match also,, in case tiwary and rohit play tomorrow match they will never get 20+ runs....look at this series rohit got out in bad shots not Raina.Raina he is the only active player in all 50 overs each balls, he runs from extra cover to back up for keeper & bowler to throw from the deep.but look at rohit he stick in one place and never move one inch ground...Raina should be in team for lift the bowlers and fielders,every batsmen (Even God SACHIN) face bad form but Raina will come out this from and to be a Permanent member in Indian Team...All the Best Raina...................

  • on February 18, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    There is no justification for replatinc Irfan Pathan so immediately. In view of his performance in the match he has played, he deserves much more opportunities. Jadeja can be rested, or that matter, even Raina. 4 seamers and 1 spinner is most suited for Australian pitches. If Irfan gets his rythm in the league matches, he can be definitely useful in the finals. I feel that we need not play 2 specialist spinners on these pitches. Let us see.

  • on February 18, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    What wrong did Irfan do in the previous match to be dropped?? Also hit a six reminding us of his batting credentials which shouldn't be overlooked when selecting the team!

  • Rashidf on February 18, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Drop jadeja and play Irfan.

  • WellOfcours on February 18, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    This probable XI is most improbable XI. What has IRFAN PATHAN done to be dropped from playing XI? His opening spell setup the match. And his 6 of Metthews proved to be decisive. Drop Jadeja or Raina instead. Pathan must and will play.

  • on February 18, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    sachin, sehwag, gambir, virat kohli, raina/rohit,dhoni,jadeja,irfan pathan, ashwin, zaheer,vinay kumar. this should the team for the FINALS

  • on February 18, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Irfan is back with the swing. "Resting" him for PK is a joke. He has played one match on the tour, so far. Done well. Hit that six that brought India closer to the tie before MS finished it off. He even sacrificed his wicket for MS. He must be rewarded for putting in hard yards.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 18, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    @Mukesh Bhakta. Yes, that should be our team. I might add Khan to the mix. This would be a performance based team. Keep out tendulkar, raina and sehwag for sure.

  • on February 18, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Sachin require one big inning to get back on track .hope he will get it right this time .

  • on February 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    All the best India!! Keep the winning moment going ....

  • on February 18, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Gambhir,Sachin,Kohli,Manoj,Rohit,Dhoni,Ashwin,Zaheer,Irfan And Umesh Yadav Should Be The Team For Me. Umesh Has Benn Most Impressive With His Speed Irfan With His Control With Swing And Line...And Zak With His Experience! Raina Out Of Form Who Should Be Replaced By Manoj Tiwari

  • IanJF on February 18, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Only Harbajan Singh and Yousuf Pathan can bring the "X-Factor" to this Indian side.. without them its just a good team !

  • on February 18, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    i think we have given rohit sharma enough opputuniteis..............he's a player who always performs against weak teams...............it's tym to test irfan or tiwary..or include ol 3 sachin, sehwag and gambhir........

  • sports99 on February 18, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Anyone who criticize Raina please check the link http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/engine/match/433601.html Talent is not always sufficient for one day cricket match. The best example is Dhoni. It's all about handling pressure at the international level. Thats matters a lot. Raina should play all the matches unless he really perform very poor.

  • vforvenkatesh on February 18, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    I think Dhoni might be tempted to play Pathan instead of Jadeja.. considering the wicket conditions and pathans current form with the bat ..four seamers plus ashwin...

  • ajayrcs on February 18, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Above Possible wrong choice it should be Lee or Ben Hilfenhaus. My vote for Ben Hilfenhaus.

  • Tootsie on February 18, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Time to sack Langer as batting coach and Rixon as fielding coach.

  • lordrudraksh on February 18, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    @cimrsimg-Both the spinners are tall and can extract bounce from pitch.This is a plus point.Moreover if spinners keep overs tight it will be easier for quicks to pick a wicket.

  • on February 18, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    zaheer and irfan should play in this match..

  • on February 18, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    I think India should give a chance for Manoj Tiwary by offing Jadeja in this batting pitch.. If he is inside the team our batting order is very powerful.. 300 is possible in first batting or also second batting.. We can give the sloppy 10 overs with Raina,Rohit and Virat.. (20-40 overs)..

  • Dbatsman on February 18, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    I would say India should play Gautam, Sachin, Kholi, Rohit, Manoj, Dhoni, Pathan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Vinay and Umesh. Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary can play the part of the other spinners and it will be well balanced team to beat Australia.

  • on February 18, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    bring in manoj tiwari, drop raina....manoj can be handy on field too...

  • Sinhaya on February 18, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Aussie batting is vulnerable as we saw from How the Kiwis ripped through them in the Hobart test. Ponting and Warner should take a few days off if they fail tomorrow. Brett Lee better stop talking big. At 35 plus, 150 KMPH deliveries will only endanger his limbs and ligaments!

  • on February 18, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Irfan's fabulous six sealed the match for India. He deserves a place in the eleven

  • Marcio on February 18, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Yeah, you could see there was a real change in the team beginning with the second last game against India. They were more than just sloppy - some players just look demotivated. I think there has been a very notable loss in motivation and focus, and it has really showed up in the fielding. The fielding was sensational in the test series, but has been quite bad the last two games. I hope they can turn it around. I don't mind seeing the team lose, but when they look unprofessional it just isn't on. Hopefully it is just a temporary mid-season slump, and they will refocus and make the finals.

  • abhi026 on February 18, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    I think irfan should play. Because not only he bowled well but also contributed with the bat against SL .There should be no change in the top order as gambhis is playing briliantly. Sehwag should be rested again so that he could refresh himself.Again rohit,raina need to be given chances till India wins because it is a very good investment to go with such players when the team is winning.My playing 11 consists of Gambhir, Sachin , Kohli , Rohit , MS dhoni , Raina , Jadeja , Ashwin , Irfan , Vinay,zaheer. No need to go with out of form praveen in such a cruicial game.he can be trid in games afterwards.

  • torsha on February 18, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Irfan should be in for Jadeja or Vinay.

  • on February 18, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    ashwin is useless against the Aussies so he should be droped and let's give a chance to rahul

  • syedmkr on February 18, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Irfan should play in the playing XI, replacing Jadeja who is not performing with both bat & ball! Moreover his performance as all-rounder is not at all helping in any of the match. As being an all-rounder fastbowler, Irfan is more suitable and best option on Aussis conditions.

  • kriscricket on February 18, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    It is not fair to give Raina an extended run, despite poor performances. Manoj Tiwary should be tried, before of the youngsters get injured. He too has done reasonably well in the limited opportunity provided. Irfan should be given another chance. Probably PK can come in place of Vinay and Zak in place of Umesh.

    My playing XI would be Gamhir, Sachin, Kholi, Rohit, Manoj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin, PK & Zak.

    Jadeja!!! Yes, he has done reasonably well against the Ausies!!!

    This side offers more balance and bowling looks more mature and all the more... we can wag our tail too..

  • VK_MSD_IND_Champs on February 18, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK AUSSIES..SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS AND WIPE OUT INDIA FROM THE SERIES (INDIA is a below-par team and does NOT suit to be in the tournament even)THEY WON BOTH THE GAMES DUE TO LUCK AND TIED WITH SRILANKANS DUE TO SOME LUCKY LBW DECISIONS..Come on Aussies,PLAY WELL..BEAT INDIA COMPREHENSIVELY( AS YOU DID IN THE TEST SERIES)..PLAY THE FINAL AGAINST SRILANKA..BEST OF LUCK..!

  • on February 18, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Need to sack Raina off of this team, he has not done anything so far in this tournament, not even in recent past. And at gabba I think India should go with 3 seamers and a spinner. Indian team should be Gautam, Sachin, Kohli, Manoj, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin, V. Kumar, Umesh.

  • on February 18, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Sehwag is terribly out of form in this series. He shouldn't play. We don't need "on their given day" players. We need players who perform consistently.

  • Rushikey on February 18, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    I think we should try playing Sehwag, Gambhir, all together. Gambhir can be handy one down batsman. I think instead of rotating openers, Dhoni should rotate middle order for each match. If we kept on thinking about WC which is far ahead and stop putting best XI for each match. We will keep on getting close result or loss in a favorable conditions!

  • cimrsimg on February 18, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @lordrudraksh - Two spinners, senseless.

  • on February 18, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    This has to be Warner's last chance. He's completely over-rated.

  • ramab on February 18, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    I think India should go with 4 seamers in this match with Zaheer replacing Jadeja due to the nature of the track. Also since this pitch is going to be bouncy, it might be a good idea to swap Tiwary for Raina.

  • lordrudraksh on February 18, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I think India should play this team"Gautam,Sachin,Kholi,Manoj,Rohit,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Rahul,Vinay,Umesh. This will be a properly balanced team in terms of batting bowling and fielding.

  • Aussie5566 on February 18, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    GOOD LUCK AUSSIES... Be Victorious...

  • on February 18, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    irfan must play in the team and he will be up for this.

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  • on February 18, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    irfan must play in the team and he will be up for this.

  • Aussie5566 on February 18, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    GOOD LUCK AUSSIES... Be Victorious...

  • lordrudraksh on February 18, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I think India should play this team"Gautam,Sachin,Kholi,Manoj,Rohit,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Rahul,Vinay,Umesh. This will be a properly balanced team in terms of batting bowling and fielding.

  • ramab on February 18, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    I think India should go with 4 seamers in this match with Zaheer replacing Jadeja due to the nature of the track. Also since this pitch is going to be bouncy, it might be a good idea to swap Tiwary for Raina.

  • on February 18, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    This has to be Warner's last chance. He's completely over-rated.

  • cimrsimg on February 18, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @lordrudraksh - Two spinners, senseless.

  • Rushikey on February 18, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    I think we should try playing Sehwag, Gambhir, all together. Gambhir can be handy one down batsman. I think instead of rotating openers, Dhoni should rotate middle order for each match. If we kept on thinking about WC which is far ahead and stop putting best XI for each match. We will keep on getting close result or loss in a favorable conditions!

  • on February 18, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Sehwag is terribly out of form in this series. He shouldn't play. We don't need "on their given day" players. We need players who perform consistently.

  • on February 18, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Need to sack Raina off of this team, he has not done anything so far in this tournament, not even in recent past. And at gabba I think India should go with 3 seamers and a spinner. Indian team should be Gautam, Sachin, Kohli, Manoj, Rohit, Dhoni, Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin, V. Kumar, Umesh.

  • VK_MSD_IND_Champs on February 18, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK AUSSIES..SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS AND WIPE OUT INDIA FROM THE SERIES (INDIA is a below-par team and does NOT suit to be in the tournament even)THEY WON BOTH THE GAMES DUE TO LUCK AND TIED WITH SRILANKANS DUE TO SOME LUCKY LBW DECISIONS..Come on Aussies,PLAY WELL..BEAT INDIA COMPREHENSIVELY( AS YOU DID IN THE TEST SERIES)..PLAY THE FINAL AGAINST SRILANKA..BEST OF LUCK..!